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Active Living and the Importance of Omega-3s

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help you control your weight, improve your mental health, help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers and much more. Engaging in an active lifestyle also increases your chances of living longer.

By Katrin Berntsen

There is no question that physical activity is a must for all ages, and in order to keep the body moving in a positive way, overall health and wellness must come into play and that means fuelling the body with the right nutrients. It is important to have a suitable amount of energy to power through your workouts as well as the proper recovery routine to help you refuel your body and protect it from any issues post-workout. To that end, we need to understand which nutrients are essential in the area of sports nutrition.  

Omega-3s are not just some of the most important nutrients in the world—they are also important for sports endurance and recovery. Krill oil is becoming a popular alternative in the omega-3 space and since its fatty acids are largely bound to phospholipids, krill-derived omega-3s are easily incorporated into cell membranes thereby raising one’s Omega-3 Index more efficiently. In addition, krill oil also contains choline, an important nutrient that supports communication at a cellular level between muscle fibres and the nervous system. And while krill oil has enormous potential for everyone, it’s especially important for athletes and those engaging in physical activity. New studies are underway and have already shown that krill oil could be a game-changer in the world of sports nutrition.

A pilot study with the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, one of the toughest triathlons in the world, found higher omega-3 levels are associated with improved immune function and faster recovery times following high intensity exercise. And while krill oil helps keep top athletes moving in the right direction, it is also important for anyone engaging in physical activity in general. Novice cyclists to those who weight train at their local gym can benefit from krill oil just like the toughest triathletes.

After an intense training session, your muscles puncture with microscopic tears and the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s, such as contained in krill oil, could help you recover faster. Moreover, aside from the recovery process, krill oil omega-3s can help aid in preventing injuries by boosting blood and oxygen flow to the muscles, preventing wear and tear on the body’s tissues as well as helping to relieve joint pain.

The benefits of krill oil are endless and sports nutrition is just the tip of the iceberg. The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon study, and many others like it, will continue to demonstrate that krill oil are undoubtedly some of the most important nutrients we need for physical activity as well as overall health and wellness.


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